March 22, 2020

As mentioned in my last update, I was waiting for the new plan of attack going forward since diabetes is now a part of the equation.  I do have that strategy now but hang on for a second while I explain the latest bump in the road.  I had a heart attack Friday and am now typing this update from my recovery bed in the hospital.  Had a stent installed in my right coronary artery and was put on notice that I would need to come back in a week or 2 to install another in my LAD (widow maker) as it is 70% blocked.  So all the spinning plates symbolize liver tumor, lung cancer, diabetes, thrombosis to my heart, and heart attack / stents.  Now for a bit of good news:  A recent PET scan showed that the spots in my lungs are decreasing in size and the tumor on my liver is the same size or maybe a little smaller.  So the plan to keep all the plates spinning is to hold off on the immunotherapy and not treat the cancer at all for now and attend to the heart issues.  Hopefully the tumor and lung lesions will continue to decrease in size or at least remain stable.  Best case would be to have the cancer remain stable or smaller over the summer and, if every thing lines up correctly, cut the tumor out along with the thrombosis sometime towards the end of year.  The reasons for waiting this long is to allow my heart stents and arteries to heal and let the cancer show that it is not growing.  This is a very optimistic plan but the best option at this time.  Any unknowns that pop up along the way will be addressed and, of course, could change the strategy. 2 Corinthians 12:9 –   Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

One thought on “March 22, 2020

  1. James,

    Still miss you man …. all these spears in the closet. Was planning on doing a couple day visit to Tampa on the Cayman Air flight in April and come see you – but the world is in lockdown.

    Blessings to you and your family.

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